1ST BIRTHDAY

Corina - posted on 06/01/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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SO IM PLANNING MY DAUGHTERS 1ST BDAY PARTY AND THE THEME IS LADYBUG.I DONT WANT IT TO BE PLAIN BUT YET NOT OVER THE TOP SO I NEED SOME IDEAS.AND AS FAR AS PARTY FAVORS ALL HER COUSINS ARE BOYS RANGING FROM 1-3 YRS. WHAT DO I GIVE THEM WITHOUT IT BEING TOO GIRLY. HELP!!!

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Chrissy - posted on 06/01/2010

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The Dollar store has great gift bag stuff that you can buy just for boys. With her being so young, she wont know the difference. bubbles are a great party favor for all ages! Have fun with it! 1st b-days only come 1 time :D Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 06/09/2010

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I would get black and red table cloths and plates. If you have a dollar tree they always have fun little toys for the goodie bags. For my son's 2nd b-day in Aug we are doing trucks. I only go all out on the cake table then buy matching colors for the other tables, plates and napkins. I get most of the table stuff at the doller store along with most of the goodie bag things (I try to putt very little to no candy) We also did this for his 1st b day last year and it worked great and was low cost =)

Stacia - posted on 06/09/2010

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make lady bug cupcakes... or have a cake made in the shape of a lady bug. kids love cake and frosting and messes lmao

Wendy - posted on 06/08/2010

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You can have them pin the dots on the lady bug ;)....I would say make pet rocks...or pet "lady bugs" but the guest also seem pretty young...she will be overwhelmed with gifts and cake...so it really about enteraining everyone else and getting her a big ladybug balloon...you could make a lot of balloons ...the little ones love that!

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Kristen - posted on 06/21/2010

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I would say keep it to bugs...and then the boys would like it too. I would think that the first birthday is not all about giving the kids gifts it is more about celebrating your daughter being one!!

Jamie - posted on 06/17/2010

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Im doing healthy goodies, like baby mum mums, gerber gummie treats, baby goldfish in little packs ect for the little ones at my daughters party and then for the big kids, candy bags

Michelle - posted on 06/17/2010

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i have found that just by googling "lady bug party favors" online is alot of help....that theme is adorable by the way...

best of luck to you :)

Karina - posted on 06/12/2010

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If you are interested in custum made, print-it-yourself invitations, favor tags and cupcake toppers, visit: http://www.digitaldelight.etsy.com - if you don't see an invitation you like, they will custom design one to match your theme! Love them! :)

Sara - posted on 06/11/2010

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Hi! I am doing a ladybug theme for my daughters first birthday at the end of the month! For favors, I got red and black pails that I am going to put either red or black dots on it. I have only about 4 kiddos coming to the party, but I am putting bubbles, side walk chalk, book-The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle, and maybe some Gerber snacks (instead of candy). I also found cute little lady bug stuffed animals inthe dollar spot at Target that I am going to throw in as well.
Some other ideas that I am doing is I got some clay pots that i am going to glue black pom poms on and then I have some grass planted in it. Then I am going to take some sticks and put pictures of the birthday girl throughout the year on it and stick it in the grass and have them around the tables. I had a friend of the family who is starting a business making cakes and things, she made me the cutest ladybug cupcakes that I cant wait to serve at the party!
Good luck! Hope your party is great!

Esther - posted on 06/11/2010

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For the boys you can always add caterpillar stuff, and/or frogs. As for snacks - when my gal turned 3 we did a frog/garden party...we made ants on a log (celery w/peanut butter and raisins - if too young for celery you can do it on cut bagels. You can also do a mud pie dessert - in a clear plastic cup you can do chocolate pudding topped with a layer of oreo cookie crumbles and then put gummy worms coming out of it. I also seem to remember doing something with paper plates - one for the body, and another split in 1/2 for the wings and having them color the wings. At age 1 though it may be too much :) Good luck!

Sharon - posted on 06/11/2010

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Hi Corina, congrats on your baby's 1st birthday. It's such a fun time. Almost 20 years ago we had my son's 1st birthday. We were so excited, had a big bbq and invited way too many people. My son slept while his presents were opened. You daughter and her friends will never remember this party. Keep it as small and simple as possible. Our son was just overwhelmed with it all and didn't really enjoy it. That's probably why he fell asleep. We had a smaller celebration about 1 week later when we visited my mom in another state and he really had more fun.

As far as party favors, there's a big difference in what 1yo and 3yo enjoy. But maybe a small cheap stuffed animal.

Have fun!

Jessica - posted on 06/11/2010

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For my daughter's birthday we did a ladybug theme. We put a red tablecloth down with black construction paper circles all over to make it look like a ladybug (cake/candy table). We decorated an empty Gerber crunchies can with red construction and black dots and put red and black twizzlers in it. We made ladybug cupcakes (m&ms for dots and eyes, black twizzlers cut up for antennae). We also got a plain wooden ladybug frame at AC Moore craft store and i let her color it (scribble but whatever) and put a cute picture of her in it to set out. Red and black plates and balloons. Bubbles are always great favors but my kids always like taking balloons home to play too.

Rentia - posted on 06/11/2010

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You can also view photos of the party on my facebook profile Rentia Abbott Erasmus

Rentia - posted on 06/10/2010

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My little girl 1st b'day party theme was also Ladybugs, we had a nice ladybug cake with grass green cupcakes - the party favor was a little red plastic bucket with nice sweets ect. in there, with a nice thank you card attach to the handle. Go and have a look at my website www.rentiasfunparties.co.za there is an example of the buckets.

Danielle - posted on 06/10/2010

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Bubbles trust me!!! or strawberries with drops of chocolate and use licorice laces for inteni they will get a kick out of them and the taste

Brandi - posted on 06/10/2010

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just visited orientaltrading.com You will HAVE TONS of options there!!!!!! Take a look.

Brandi - posted on 06/10/2010

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Are you a crafty mommy??? I did my son's 3ed birthday in Mickey mouse but here's what I did...I made all my decorations by hand with construction paper! I made chain garlands, and little Mickey and Minnie wall art with Coloring pages I found on the internet. I also use this website for alot of my ideas. http://www.birthdaypartyideas.com/html/l... Istart planning parties months in advance so I have everything printed and or cut out before hand. Also, Oriental tradding company has tons of things that could be used as decorations. For the party area I would make it llike a garden with paper flowers then have ladybugs around too. Red/pink table cloths and black table ware. same with balloons. For cheap construction paper go to discount school supply.com TRUST ME! I dont know what you budget is but it will be cheaper than what the normal party would cost. For entertainment, I would find a children's music CD or if you have downloading capabilities then get music that way. Also, I like the pin thespots on the lady bug idea, I usually like to do a craft activitywith the kids too. Maybe have them decorate their own party hat (I did that with my oldest's 4th birthday) My second son is 8 months and I've already started planning his party too. Also, Walmart has adorable cupcake holders for $10, make lady bug cupcakes (I love making cupcake cones! They are les messy too) To decorate yourself, make the top cupcake the one your daughter eats. For goody bags go to orientaltrading.com, like I said they have tons of stuff that comes in bulk which make it cheaper, Sometimes even cheaper than going to the dollar store. I hope this helps you! Happy planning!

Summer - posted on 06/10/2010

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There is a website called 1stwishes,com and they have this really cute party package that is lady bug themed that is just so cute and the price is real reasonable. Hope that helps

Tracy - posted on 06/10/2010

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Ladybug cake - just use a regular circular cake pan and cut one into a smaller circle for the head. Frost the big cirlce red and the little circle black and use junior mints for the spots, add licorice on the head for antenna. Pretty easy to do and looks adorable. Keeping with the bug theme, buy fake bugs for the gift bags for the boys or gummy worms at the dollar store. Boys also like bouncy balls, hot wheel cars. You could buy foam sheets and have everyone make ladybugs with foam (or construction paper).

Elizabeth - posted on 06/09/2010

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you could make a pinata that looks like a lady bug. And if you get a domed pan, you could make a ladybug cake too. I did this for our middle child.

April - posted on 06/09/2010

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My cousin had a lady bug theme party for her little one. She had a plywood cut out of a ladybug and put holes in it and had the kids throw stuffed ladybugs through the holes. The kids got to keep the ladybugs. She had the traditional pinata also. For the adults to take home she made lady bug magnets that had her daughter's name on it with "is 1" with her name. She had cupcakes made like a ladybug also. They put them in the shape then iced them that way. No special shaped pan needed! Hope that helps. :)

Amy - posted on 06/02/2010

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At Walmart they have these little baggies filled with 8 or 10 party favors, they have princess, cars, toy story all the name brands get some for the boys and some for the girls, theyre only like 3 dollars a piece, its worth it.

Rebecca - posted on 06/01/2010

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Yes the dollar store is great for favors. I try to pick one thing for each kid to also go in the bag so it's more special to that child.
I also recommend a disposable table cloth for under the high chair so you don't have to clean up the messy floor lol

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